Your Christianity is pure, only to the extent that you can see yourself sharing in the example and destiny of Jesus Christ. Beloved, now are we the son of God and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him. Achieving this destiny rests entirely upon your establishment of an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and your Heavenly Father. Your spiritual success has nothing whatever to do with the churches, sacraments, doctrines, devils, fellowships, ceremonies, entertainment, or teachings of organized Christianity. People, who are tricked by the Bible’s literary style, are called “Modern Christianity”. They are ensnared by interpretations of scripture that compliment carnal thinking. Doctrines are formed on a foundation of human values, emotions, and goals. Though they have a basic awareness of God, these people cannot move beyond the introductory texts and shallow interpretations, for these appeals to the carnal person. “In vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men”. Rather than striving for his spiritual height, Modern Christians pull God down to their level, assigning him human attributes and failings. Thus they cannot discern God’s infinite wisdom and power, or the pervasive perfection of his plan. Modern Christians are satisfied with simple and incomplete spiritual concepts, and thereby cling to spiritual adolescence. They believe that as carnal creatures “enlightened” by the Spirit, they have already achieved some magical sufficiency, and thus need not search for the deep things of God. Indeed, new ideas and deeper truth is taboo in the modern church. These Christians have their energies diverted into group interaction. And while this usurper reigns, they have neither the time nor the inclination to establish an intimate relationship with Jesus.” For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God”. They believe in God, but fail to obtain his best, calling it heresy and error where it interferes with their carnal doctrines or social programs.
For the Lord hath poured out on you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed.
By man’s fallen nature he is made spiritually blind. By the glitter of the earth he is deceived. By juvenile interpretations of scripture, he is lulled into complacency. All these things were designed by God to conceal his wisdom and to baffle the human heart, and they work all too well. Behold, you despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, works which ye shall in no wise believe, though men declare it unto you.
Man’s spiritual understanding has been thwarted by these three devices since the Garden of Eden. Thus it is the greatest secrets of God are still largely unknown, though they lay in plain sight. Having huddled together and forsaken God’s ongoing revelation, the denominations fear and denounce any renegades who still crave a personal relationship with God. Any who seek a deeper, living truth, are considered a threat to the church’s longevity. Within the rigid doctrines and massive priestly structures of Organized Christianity, the teaching of overcoming is considered an act of war. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. Seeking to reassure themselves that they need nothing more, the denominations find their comfort in numbers. From this has grown the Adoration of the Attendance Roll, and the doctrine of Sanctification by Showing Up. More people on Sunday morning somehow signify the approval of Almighty God. Group assembly has taken on a fanatical flavor, and individuals who dissent are once again denounced as heretics. Today most denominations actually have the demented audacity to assert that regular assembly with their group is a requirement for your salvation. You and Jesus Christ, they say, are not enough. Now you need social interaction with “the Body” at their particular church. Modern Christianity has set Jesus Christ aside and built an elaborate social lifestyle from Hebrews 10:25.
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
With these persuasions, “gathering” has now been exalted to divine status. According to the EDT, “The word of God … comes alive through the Spirit in the context of gathered believers who make up Christ’s church. The hirelings of Organized Christianity erroneously believe that you need their domineering clergy, rigid doctrines, and social ritual, to attain the approval of God. Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you? And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies? The actions of Modern Christianity show that in spite of what they say, these Christians do not believe that the Spirit lives within individuals. They fail to realize that the church is a person, not a building. And they ignore the fact that you and Jesus Christ alone are a quorum. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst.
Modern Christianity has removed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and replaced it with a dependence on a pastor. And with this dependence comes an onerous social duty to his group. In this they have made assembly an obsession, which they offer as an excuse for perpetual spiritual infancy. This substitution produces Christians that never grow up. As babes at the breast, they are ever dependent on a suckling church. They can never feed themselves or stand alone. Ye have need that one teaches you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
It is bringing the “infanite” (a word I coined meaning always the child, limited in scope and accomplishment, in need of constant support, never growing or developing) to the infinite, which is to grow without bound, limitless like our Father creating a number that cannot be counted.
The Christians of today need always the comfort of fellowship, as many candles clustered on a cake. But true fellowship can never be found amongst candles. Intimate, abiding fellowship can only exist in the light the candles would produce, if they were ever lit. Autonomous spiritual strength is a concept virtually unknown to those in Organized Christianity. They cannot conceive of ever being a self-perpetuating source of spirit life. In their Trinitarian depiction of Jesus Christ, even he is not afforded an existence independent of his Father. Being unable to imagine anything better for them, Modern Christians remain content to languish in a state of spiritual welfare. And assembled in their fearful groups, they must be constantly replenished to survive. Whom shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine, those that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. This gathering together for comfort, fellowship, and strength, is much like the lemmings march to the sea. If you are trusting in a gaggle of feathered friends, you are heading for the cliff, along with the rest. For, even if, Noah, Job, and Daniel were at your church next Sunday, they could save none but themselves. Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, said the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.
Spiritual maturity is not contagious. It is not a spectator sport. It will not rub off or transfer by close contact. It must be birthed inside you, individually and alone. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. During this present dispensation, God is developing a cadre of individual Sons. These Sons will come to possess the likeness, capacity, and substance of God their Father. To pursue this goal you do not need any church, pastor, doctrine, fellowship, or sacrament. You need only an absorbing, solitary walk in a consuming desire to know God, thoroughly, intimately, and only. You cannot participate in this calling while frequenting the local Christian bordello. Repetitive assembly with the clandestine adulterers, whoremongers, liars, naysayers, and carnal failures who attend church every Sunday will never make you perfect. Organized Religion will but anesthetize your heart with her delicacies, and then infect you with her social doctrines of vanity.
This is not to say that meeting with other believers is worthless, because it does have great value. When Moses was commanding the armies of Israel against the Amalekites, he needed help in holding up his hands. Aaron and Hur came to his aid, and their assistance made it possible for Moses to bring forth victory. All Christians will need strengthening during their trek to individual spiritual maturity. As they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his [Jesus’] cross. But assembly is not a recipe for spiritual maturity. It is not an alternative to study, self-discipline, and personal holiness. Group interaction is not a substitute for the transformation of your character. Nor is it an excuse for the absence of your spiritual victory. Though Christian fellowship may help get you to your Calvary, you are the one who will be nailed there, and when it happens, you will be all by yourself. Let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden. True Christian assembly is with believers, not institutions. Believers are individuals, searching for God by revelation, perseverance, and personal conviction. They worship in spirit and in truth, not in Articles of Faith, dogmatic ritual, or by unction from a hireling clergy. I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand. True Believers revere no founder but the Eternal God. They recognize no priest save Jesus Christ his firstborn Son. Being guided by the Holy Spirit, they are not restrained by the craft of men. Instead, they are free to develop into all the spiritual dimensions envisioned by their Heavenly Father. Fellowship with these individuals will refresh the spirit and at times impart some bit of wonderful understanding. But even these are only small components of spiritual growth. Assembly with other believers is but an occasional inn, on the long road to autonomous spiritual strength. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. God never does anything really important in a crowd. If there are lots of others clustered around you in your spiritual walk, it is far more likely that you are about to be dismissed with the multitude. Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him.
Modern Christianity has diluted God’s truth to accommodate the disinterested. Their doctrines are appeasing rather than challenging. The parishioners are made to feel comfortable, rather than convicted. Salvation has been compacted into a momentary experience, purchased with lip service. Heaven has become naught but a rich man’s paradise. Gained without regard to spiritual condition, it is simply a fleshly reward for regular church attendance. In the modern church, the goal of growing into spiritual maturity is unknown, having been replaced by the doing of churlishly things. Conversion of character has been dropped from the agenda, being disagreeable to the manicured. Judgment has been removed from the carnal nature and retained only for those who challenge church dogma. The modern church is defensive, fearful, social, and stunted, which things are Satan’s finest work, and shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, and will cause them to err.